Citizens' Issues
How to get your passport easily

One of the most important things while obtaining passport is to have all required documents ready. Here is a checklist for obtaining a fresh passport, renewal of passport, passport for minors and getting additional booklet for passport

 

Moneylife Foundation's Seminar on how to easily obtain passports discussed the latest efforts by the government and its functionaries in making it a much smoother and simpler process for citizens. One of the most important things that emerged from the discussions with Dr Swati Kulkarni (Regional Passport Officer, Mumbai), TD Sharma (Regional Passport Officer, Thane) and Tanmoy Chakrabarty, (Vice President & Head of Global Govt Industry Group at Tata Consultancy Services), was that if the applicant has all the required documents ready, getting a passport is a 'breeze'.

 

Mr Sharma, a veteran in the passport office, shared with Moneylife Foundation a checklist of documents for passport depending upon four situations: applying for a fresh passport, passport for minors, duplicate passport and additional booklet or renewal of passport. You can download the checklists that would help you obtain a passport easily. To access these checklists, you need to register either with your Facebook account or Moneylife account. If you don’t have a Moneylife account, you can create one, right now. It will help you access a variety of useful content.

 

1. Checklist for fresh (first time) passport application...

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2. Checklist for minor's passport application...

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3. Checklist for additional booklet or renewal of passport application...

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4. Checklist for obtaining duplicate passport application...

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Mathews Philips

2 years ago

My daughter has just turned 18 and passport is due for renewal.We reside in Thane and she goes to a college in Mumbai. She does not have any address proof in her own name. So would a letter from me along with address proof in my name and a society letter be sufficient for renewing her passport?

Best Regards

Darius M Bilimoria

2 years ago

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Now that I have had the police attend to the "incomplete address" after filling up the numerous details/forms and supporting PAN/AADHAR and what have you - all in triplicate, I do not know if the passport office is satisfied or not. I guess I will have to wait the next 7 months to hear from them, if AT All they do.
My suggestion is- entrust the whole job to TCS -empower them . We have trusted them so far, empower and entrust them with the whole process. In the meanwhile we can find new jobs/roles for the Old passport office hands. Let them not create jobs for themselves,by holding the public to ransom. As for Police verification- AADHAR is a complete document. Our beloved PM will not like to hear of this ugly incident.

Darius M Bilimoria

2 years ago

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So now I have to visit the passport office, not the one manned by TCS but the Old passport office at Worli. I thought it would be over in a short while. It is teeming with people and it takes over 2 hours to meet the officer at his desk- “to be only told you will have to go back to the police station” to have the remark removed. Lovely feeling, having the Passport in hand; but not knowing if it is a valid document. Will I be prevented at the airport from travelling? So TCS or no TCS, you cannot beat the system – say the Old hands at the passport office and our Mumbai Police. Can anyone set this right?

Darius M Bilimoria

2 years ago

Absolutely right, getting the Passport was nearly a breeze. The handling by the personnel of TCS contributed to the 'Airy' feel but it was the last stage when one is subjected to meeting the Granting officer that you realise that you are back to the Ole passport office. One cannot complain so far. And the passport is even delivered thereafter speedily. All is well so far. But..
Seven months later (yes 7 months)comes a letter from the Passport office to say that your Police verification has an adverse clause - address is incomplete. Mind you at this incomplete address the Postal services could deliver the package, but the poor Police man, remarked incomplete address. While visiting me at my address, he huffed and he puffed, saying that he had a rough time finding my place. When he saw that my Pyjamas did not have a pocket to hold a purse, he left and now I am made to suffer the consequences, because of his observation. Mind you this is the very same address at which my earlier passports of the last 27 years were delivered.
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Will revised ethanol price bring relief to the sugar industry and save sugarcane farmers?

Although the government had made it mandatory for oil companies to blend 5% ethanol with petrol, it was not fully implemented due to the high prices of ethanol

 

The uncertain conditions in the Sugar Industry received an unexpected boost when the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA ) approved and announced the upwardly revised price of ethanol to Rs49.50 per litre (or Rs48.50), depending upon the distance between the sugar mill and the oil marketing companies depots.  Last year, around this time, it was Rs29 and this had moved up to Rs47.50 in October this year.
 
Although the government had made it mandatory for oil companies to blend 5% ethanol with petrol, it was not fully implemented due to the price factor, as sugar mills reportedly found it more profitable to supply ethanol to distilleries.  The initial plan was to progressively increase this blending rate from 5% to 10%, so as to save on the high cost of imported oil, but in actual practice, the blending is reported to be about 1.45% only.  
 
The demand for ethanol, for which Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) had floated tenders earlier, amounted to 156 crore litres and got a lukewarm response from sugar mills that bid for only 62 crore litres.  Even this quantity was not fully "accepted" and OMCs finalised contracts for about 35.5 crore litres, slated  for delivery from October this year.
 
Based on a 5% blending of ethanol, the savings in foreign exchange would have been at least Rs5,000 crore a year.
 
The target of reaching 10% ethanol blending is still just a pipe-dream!
 
In the meantime, OMCs have been hoping that as a result of the fall in oil prices internationally, they could renegotiate with sugar mills for a reduction in the price of ethanol.  The oil price had steeply fallen from $114 in July to a shade above $60 per barrel on the London ICE, chances are that it may fall further.  OPEC does not expect to reduce their production and so far have not indicated their plans for the next year.
 
Now that the government has fixed the ethanol price, it is likely to benefit the farmer. Sugar mills are not likely to be able to renegotiate the ethanol price with OMCs. In any case, their own sugar stocks are piling up and they have a mountain of debt to settle including arrears to farmers and other bank dues. On the top of these, non-moving stocks of sugar are also hurting them financially, in terms of holding costs.
 
According to Indian Sugar Mills Association, the sugar production till November end (2014-15 season) has been estimated at 17.81 lakh tonnes. In the meantime, the new government of Maharashtra has recently set up the Sugarcane Price Control Board but it is yet to take a decision on cane pricing for this season, even though cane crushing has started and the first instalment payment to sugar cane farmers will come due soon.  Ex-factory price of sugar is coming down and millers are still hoping that the government would look into their plight by extending subsidy for sugar exports.
 
Suggestions have also been made, that it may be worthwhile for the government to create a buffer stock of sugar of about 4 million tonnes, the quantum needed for Public Distribution System (PDS) by States for 2 years, this will remove the surplus stocks from mills and possibly bring stability in price levels in the market.  But who will be given the responsibility of warehousing and storing the stocks?  FCI (Food Corporation of India) are themselves in a mess by holding foodgrains, and they do not have additional specialised storing space for sugar.
 
Whether it is Maharashtra, UP, Karnataka or even Tamil Nadu, the sugar industry is in trouble due to various causes that are too well known for elucidation.  Each State has its own logistical and local problems in dealing with the industry, particularly when dual pricing systems are in place. This issue has to be settled once and for all; it is worthwhile for the government to re-examine the recommendations made by the Rangarajan committee to revive the "linkage formula," so that these issues do not crop up year after year.  Export subsidy has been sought time and again, and this also needs to be thoroughly investigated in relation to the world market conditions, if any assistance is needed, it should be fixed for the entire duration with a firm export target, rather than doing it every couple of months as it currently is done.
 
(AK Ramdas has worked with the Engineering Export Promotion Council of the ministry of commerce. He was also associated with various committees of the Council. His international career took him to places like Beirut, Kuwait and Dubai at a time when these were small trading outposts; and later to the US.)

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